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Activities that Support Memory Skills in Aging Adults with Dementia

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One of the many symptoms commonly associated with dementia is memory loss. As the condition progresses, seniors seem to lose more and more of themselves. However, there are a number of highly recommended activities that help older adults stay connected for as long as possible. Consider activities that once brought joy or tasks that make use of former skills.

Baking or Cooking

Many seniors are more than familiar with working in the kitchen. In fact, members of older generations often learned how to prepare meals and bake from scratch. Inviting your senior loved one to assist in the kitchen may spark pleasant memories. Don’t be surprised if your loved one retains the skill to efficiently follow a recipe or remember favorites from yesteryear. However, consider the level of memory loss when expecting your loved one to use sharp kitchen utensils or the oven. In certain instances, seniors with dementia may need subtle supervision and guidance.

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to North Broward Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.

Crafting

Seniors are often skillful crafters. Some may have once been avid crocheters, knitters, or needleworkers. Others may retain the ability to draw or paint. Encourage your loved one to continue practicing his or her favorite craft by supplying the necessary materials. On the other hand, older adults who have never indulged in crafting might want the chance to express themselves by creating projects. They might enjoy coloring or drawing, which stimulates many areas of the brain.

Looking at Photographs

Looking through photo albums and scrapbooks is a wonderful way to trigger memories. Labeling the photographs can be especially useful for helping seniors identify the people, places, and events in the images. Encourage reminiscing and sharing memories of the past while having meaningful conversations. If your loved one has a different perspective or memory of a particular picture, resist the urge to correct. Accept the interpretation and simply enjoy spending time together.

Aging adults who need help managing mental and physical health issues can benefit from the assistance of highly trained professional caregivers. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care services families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Listening to Music or Playing an Instrument

Seniors with dementia rarely lose the ability to appreciate music, even in the advanced stages of the disease. Play your loved one’s favorite songs and encourage singing along. Your loved one might have been a talented musician at some point. Invite him or her to play the piano, guitar, or another instrument. If they’re cognitively able to do so, some aging adults might consider learning to play an instrument. Learning something new stimulates various regions in the brain and encourages neurons to create new pathways. Seniors who once enjoyed dancing might also be thrilled at the chance to get up and move to the music.

Doing Puzzles

Crossword puzzles are ideal for stimulating memory, as seniors must decipher clues to identify the words needed to fill in the blanks. Oftentimes, the clues are definitions of words or actions. Some require the names of athletes or celebrities. Sudoku puzzles are another option and require basic math ability.

Aging in place can present a few challenges for seniors living with dementia. However, they can still live independently at home with the help of professional dementia care. North Broward families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide their elderly loved ones with mental and social stimulation, timely medication reminders, assistance with meal prep, and much more. Our caregivers are available around the clock to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life. We will work with you to create a customized home care plan that’s suited for your loved one’s unique needs. Call the Home Care Assistance team at 954-906-5161 today.

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